Back to the Drawing Board?

  • John R. McCardle Loughborough University


This paper reports on the results of a survey conducted within the Department of Design and Technology, Loughborough University, UK, in response to increasing concern over the quality and effective use of 2D modelling by design undergraduates at all levels. A survey, in the form of a questionnaire supported by ongoing tutorials, was conducted in an attempt to establish the underlying reasons why there was a perceived drop in manual drawing standards. Focusing on the use of manual draughting skills and formal engineering drawing, the survey includes a summary of academic backgrounds, experiences of 2D modelling in secondary education, student perceptions of the use of CAD and the importance of manual drawing skills, and the aspirations of students when embarking on tertia

Author Biography

John R. McCardle, Loughborough University
How to Cite
MCCARDLE, John R.. Back to the Drawing Board?. Journal of Design & Technology Education, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 2, july 2009. ISSN 1360-1431. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 mar. 2023.